MS Hyper-V recovery requirements

Hyper-V supports both in-place restores (performed to the original location) and restores to a new location. In case of an in-place restore, the original Hyper-V machine must be powered off at the time of the restore (otherwise it will not be possible to overwrite it).

You can recover any of the following:

  • the whole virtual machine
  • one of its disks
  • files and folders from a virtual disk

The recovery of individual files and folders has some additional requirements:

  • The Virtual Drive tool must be installed and running
  • The file system on the computer where the Backup Manager is installed must support the file systems in the virtual machine that is being recovered (for example, NTFS or FAT). This is necessary to be able to expand the contents of the virtual disks
  • The virtual disks you are going to recover have been properly backed up (as the Hyper-V data source in the Backup Manager)


  • It is not possible to restore directly to a CSV, instead we recommend restoring to the host locally and them moving the Virtual Machine over via the Virtual Machine Management Service